Santos Skeleton watch, large model, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, 9611 MC. Case in steel, seven-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal and case back. Steel bracelet with “SmartLink” resizing system. Second bracelet in alligator skin, with steel double adjustable folding buckle. The two bracelets are equipped with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system. Hours, minutes with skeletonised bridges forming Roman numerals. Individually numbered movement containing 138 parts including 20 jewels. Movement dimensions: 28 mm x 28 mm, movement thickness: 3.97 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 72 hours. Case width: 39.8 mm, thickness: 9.08 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 metres).
1904. Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell the time while flying. The birth of one of the first ever wristwatches sealed the bonds of friendship between these two pioneers. The rounded angles of the dial, seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.